As entry into this profession is possible from secondary school, you can apply for advertised entry-level procurement or buyer positions. However, it is also possible to build your CV whilst at LSE by getting relevant work experience, taking part in an internship, work experience or through work shadowing. Beyond LSE, apply for a graduate training scheme.
Some companies offer internships specifically in the area of procurement. Search the websites of organisations you are interested in for details.
You would also be advised to contact employers that do not have formal internship or work experience schemes to see if they are able to give you some work experience, either one day a week during your studies or throughout your holidays. Information can be found on our website for writing speculative applications.
Graduate training schemes
Some companies offer graduate training schemes specifically in the area of procurement. Search the websites of organisations you are interested in for details.
For more graduate schemes see Prospects and employers’ websites. Visit our resource centre to pick up copies of the Times top 100 graduate employers, The Guardian UK 300 and TARGETjobs which list employers with graduate vacancies.
You can also search LSE CareerHub for graduate jobs and find organisations who are coming on to campus to recruit LSE graduates.
Whether you are looking for an entry level role or you are an experienced hire it is possible to enter the procurement market by applying to advertised positions. As well as the websites of employers, websites that list advertised procurement positions include:
Before approaching a recruitment agency, please read our advice on how to get the most from the interaction. See recruitment agencies: the basics.